Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Change of plans and housing. We're not going to be staying in the furnished apartment with the wonderful sounding name. Instead, we'll be staying on the second floor of the LWI office. Another missionary couple lives there, but they will be on vacation back in the USA through the end of the year. This is good. 1. LWI can drill a well with the cost of the furnished apartment. 2. The house is very nice, as you can see. 3. The office is in the downstairs, so Mac can get acquainted with work right away. Did I mention the house also has three staff-persons? Most of the houses are like this with a wall and gate around them. We'll stay here until we find a place to rent and the shipping container with our stuff arrives. Pray that it will before the end of the year!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Aid donors should focus on water, says UN report By Fiona Harvey in London
Published: October 20 2008 03:00 | Last updated: October 20 2008 03:00
Donor nations should focus on providing water and sanitation in developing countries before trying to improve education, health and trade, a United Nations study found.
Installing toilets and ensuring safe water supplies would do more to end poverty and improve health than any other measure, said the UN University.
Without such fundamental services as sanitation and access to clean water, projects to improve the economy or people's wellbeing are likely to fail, said Zafar Adeel, director of the UN University's international network on water, environment and health.
"Development aid would be much better spent if you tackle the water and sanitation issue first," he said.
The study says donors have failed to focus on water and sanitation, favouring instead projects such as improvements to infrastructure, health and education.
A report published last month by the charities WaterAid and Tearfund found the developed world was giving a smaller proportion of its overall aid to water and sanitation projects.
Furthermore, less than a quarter of the aid intended to give people access to clean water and sanitation was going to the regions where it was most needed.
Water and sanitation are pressing problems: more than 2.6bn people lack access to decent sanitation and about 1bn lack access to clean drinking water.
As a result an estimated 5,000 children die every day in the developing world from preventable infectious conditions such as diarrhoea.
A lack of access to water and sanitation leads to serious health problems, damages economic productivity, and prevents girls from completing their education, as a lack of private toilets means most leave school at puberty in many regions.
As well as imperilling the success of other aid efforts by failing to sort out sanitation, donor countries are missing out on an opportunity to get much more out of their aid, said Mr Adeel. "The return [from directing aid to water and sanitation] is on the order of eight or 10 times the expenditure."
Aid for water and sanitation services also opens new service business opportunities for local entrepreneurs, according to the UN University report.
The report found that mapping where in the world water and sanitation problems are most urgent would be a valuable first step in redirecting aid to focus on these issues.
Found here: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/cf0d594e-9e2b-11dd-bdde-000077b07658.html?nclick_check=1
Less than 2 weeks to go!